Gabby, others storm Tamale for NPP Regional Executive Elections
The founder of Danquah Institute, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko is among high profile persons who have been spotted at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium for the Northern Regional New Patriotic Party (NPP) Executive Elections.
He was spotted at the venue with Mayor of Tamale, Iddrisu Musah Superior, Deputy Youth Organiser of the NPP, Salam Musah and some Regional Council of Elders of the NPP.
MyNewsGH.com reporters at the event disclosed that there is heavy security presence with armed police and military personnel detailed for the entrance and exit points of the stadium.
It is not clear if injured Regional Chairman, Daniel Bugri Naabu will be present at the event or will be represented when proceedings begin.
Sources disclosed that contestants met with delegates from the 29 constituencies who are eligible to vote in the contest today in what appears to be one of the keenest contest ever to be recorded in the region.
According to the Regional Election Committee, 2 other constituencies are yet to hold their elections and as a result cannot be part of today’s exercise
A total of 51 persons are seeking to contest for only ten elective slots for the regional positions of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Northern Region MyNewsGH.com has confirmed.
At the close of vetting a weeks ago, the 51 were the only aspirants found to be eligible to contest for the positions in what promises to be one of the keenest contests in the history of the party in the region.
Regional Communications Officer, Issahaku Abdul Latif who disclosed this in an exclusive interview with MyNewsGH.com added that five others are in the race with outspoken Regional Chairman, Daniel Bugri Naabu for his position.
They include; Mohammed A Baantima Samba who has been tipped by many as the favourite to give the incumbent a run for his money, Alhaji Abdallah Hindu who is the current Regional Organiser, Alhaji Mugisu Sibawey a serial contestant for the Regional Chairman, Daniel Bugri Naabu the incumbent and Amadu Inusah Dagomba Boy the Yendi Constituency Chairman.
Pundits argue that Mr Bugri Naabu faces a herculean task of beating his closest contender, Mohammed A Baantima Samba who is reported to be engaging various constituencies and in some cases has started constructing constituency offices for them.
It is also the first time the race for the Chairmanship has recorded more than 3 compared to previous contests where the numbers were either two or three.
Meanwhile, six persons are in the race for the Regional Secretary of the party including; Sule Salifu the incumbent, Abukari Iddrisu, Natoma Awusi Mahama, Sule Sambian a private legal practitioner who is leaving nothing to chance and one Mohammed Yussif Alhassan.
Fredrick Tahiru, Atik Shiraz, Tamimu Fayal, Mohammed Alhassan Ghana, Adam Abdul Bashiru and A. Sham-Una Gazi also face it out for the Regional Youth Organiser contest while Rashid Salifu C.O.P Peter Wuni Baaga, Alidu Musah and Bashiru Mohammed are seeking to outsmart each other to determine who the Regional Organiser becomes.
The rest are Hajia Safia Mohammed, Issahaka Sahadatu, Hajia Ayishetu Mahama Hajia Rahana Aziz and Suraiya Manan for Regional Women’s Organiser, Iddrisu Sunday, Dr Salifu Nantogma Alhassan, Alhaji Iddrisu Sulemana and Abdul Rahman Salisu Mahama for Regional First Vice Chairperson, Hajia Amama Sayibu, Felicia Tettey, Yahaya Iddi Mutawakilu, Baba Kadiago, Hamdia Shahad Alhassan and Ibrahim Gariba for Second Regional Vice Chairperson.
Peter Kwabena Dwomo Tuffour, Benjamin Mensah, Hussein Yussif, Alhaji Sibidow Alhassan Yakubu and Collins Kwesi Antwi also slug it out for the position of Treasurer while Haruna Iddrisu, Alhaji Baba Alhassan, Abdallah Salifu Dc, Alhassan Abdul Jalil and Kwayaja Ngamiba face each other for position of Deputy Regional Secretary.
Finally, Sham-Una Ilyasu, Mohammed Shukurulah Bamba, Adam Abdul Fatawu, Sulemana Alidu and Abdul Rahman Meriga go into the race to determine who is superior to become the Regional Nasara Coordinator.